A new paper published in Nature Sustainability by Campos-Silva et al. highlights that a species-specific approach to local community-based conservation can have positive benefits to co-occurring non-target species in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. This is a rare demonstration that species-specific approaches to conservation can have community effects (increase in richness and abundance) across taxonomic groups and ecosystems. I was asked to comment on the merits of the study by PBS NOVA: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/amazonian-turtle-comeback-local-conservation
My Fall 2018 Conservation Biology class recently traveled to the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the AZA Species Survival Programs. As a bonus, everyone in the class got to pet an endangered white rhino! Great field trip!
Congratulations to Riley Lovejoy for presenting her research at the Ecological Society of America meeting in New Orleans!
My 2017 Journal of Animal Ecology paper, "Native species dispersal reduces community invasibility by increasing species richness and biotic resistance," was one of 19 publications recently selected by the journal to be included in the special 2018 Global Change Virtual Issue compilation containing highlighted articles from the last two years! The publication is now freely available as a consequence.
Alyssa Kandow successfully presented her poster on zebra mussel effects in reservoirs at the University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference! Great work Alyssa!